Frank McGowan, Jr. ’55

Frank McGowan'55Retired SC Circuit Court Judge Frank P. McGowan, Jr., 83, departed this life Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

He was born in Columbia, S.C., June 22, 1934. Son of Frank P. McGowan and Virginia Lancaster McGowan. His father was general counsel of Federal Land Banks of NC, SC, Ga., and Fla. for many years and his mother a graduate of Agnes Scott College.

Frank graduated A. C. Moore Grammar School, University of South Carolina and South Carolina Law School. Sophomore Davidson College. Attended a number of National Judicial College courses. He served two years in the US Army and 3 ½ years in SC National Guard prior to moving to Greenville, July 1, 1961. Was Honor Graduate NCO Academy 4th Division Germany and first Honor Graduate out of 136 Officer Candidate School.

While in Law School he did work part time with CPA Firm, during first year as Honor Council Representative; second year work Page in SC House of Representatives and 3rd year as Page of Lt. Governor in State Senate.

Active member of First Presbyterian Church, Chairman of Board of Deacons; President of Good Neighbors class and Men’s Bible Class and two others; served one year as President of Stone School PTA; 40 years in Rotary Club of Greenville; member of Poinsett Club; Metropolitan Club St. Andrew’s Society of Upper SC; Kappa Alpha Order Cotillion; He practiced law a number of years prior to becoming a full time judge as Master in Equity Greenville Country Club; SC Circuit Judge for 30 years. At a younger age through 1st Pres in Columbia, Frank had been cub, boy explorer and sea scout.

He had a difficult fight with cancer and neuropathy for many years losing 112 pounds at one point. He was a member of the Neuropathy Association.

“My wife” Dee Mitchell McGowan is one of the most lovely, darling and dear people possible. She has made and does make life so much more wonderful. Her abilities are utterly amazing. We love her.

Surviving are two sons, Frank P. McGowan, III and Eugene Bryant McGowan, his wife Alison M. McGowan and their three children, Reed H., Harriet S. and John Bryant McGowan; sisters Margaret M. Robertson (William) and Virginia Smith (H. Bronson, III).

Pallbearers and Honorees are Honorable Rex L. Carter, Honorable Harry A. Chapman, Jr., James C. Parham, Jr., Julian W. Dority, Richard N. Gribble, Mac James, John E. Johnston, Judge Alex S. Macaulay, Austin T. Moore, Jr., Towers Rice, Frank Spencer, James Barnes, Charles M. Groves and Judge Frank Eppes. Members of the Greenville Bar are asked to serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601, or Charity of One’s Choice.

Private Interment prior to service. Service to be held at 3:30 PM Wednesday, November 15, 2017 conducted by Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

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Bill Proctor ’55

Bill Proctor '55Mr. William Paul Proctor, 88, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at CMC Mercy Hospital from complications after a fall. Bill played college basketball at Davidson College in the early 1950s.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in Germany during the Korean War. After leaving the service he began a thirty year career with Maryland Casualty Insurance as the Area Manager, obtaining his CPCU designation.

Upon retirement, he was employed by Harris Teeter at the Arboretum location at the time of his passing.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Doris McMillon Proctor; daughters Patti Proctor, Pam (Shawn) Panuline; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place at McEwen Funeral Service, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte on Saturday, November 11, 2017 beginning at 1:00pm.

Funeral Service will follow at 2:00pm. Interment will take place at Sharon Memorial Park. To leave online condolences, please visit

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Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark ’55

Corvin Hopkins "Corky" Clark '55Corvin Hopkins “Corky” Clark of Birmingham, AL died on April 26th, 2017. The son of Robert Eugene Clark and Marion Hopkins Clark, Corky was born on May 18th, 1933 in Utica, NY.

Corky attended high school in Harrisburg, PA and Charlotte, NC. He went on to attend Davidson College, graduating with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. In his senior year, Corky led the Davidson College Tennis team, in winning both the Southern Conference tournament Singles and Doubles titles.

Following college, he served in the US Army, where he was a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, stationed at Fort Benning, GA. On May 19th, 1959 he married a fourth generation Floridian, Greta Sims Clark. They proceeded to live in Gainesville, FL; Camp Hill, PA; Allentown, PA and Chattanooga, TN prior to moving to Birmingham, AL in 1981.

Following their move to Birmingham, he was employed by and retired from National Cement Company, where he was Vice-President of Sales.

An accomplished athlete, Corky continued forward with his love for tennis, playing with all of his children, his friends and competitively across the Southeastern United States. During his competitive years, he won numerous State Age Group Singles and Doubles titles. His love for tennis also extended to his volunteer spirit.

He was passionate about bringing the game of tennis to the inner city youth of Birmingham. He was a founding member of BATA (Birmingham Area Tennis Association), and also served for many years on the board of the James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation.

In addition to his love for tennis, Corky was an avid golfer, playing most of his golf at Vestavia Country Club where he was a member for many years. Beyond his love of sport, he was a dedicated volunteer. His service to community included many years as a member of the Rotary Club, where he was named a Paul Harris Scholar.

He was passionate about his interaction and fellowship with international students at UAB. He was instrumental in starting ‘Lets Talk’ at South Highland Presbyterian Church, with the goal of enhancing the conversational English skills of his International Student friends. Countless numbers of his international friendship partners were regulars at his family’s Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a member of South Highland Presbyterian Church for many years, he served as an Elder and on the Board of Directors for both the Child Development Center and Southside Shepherd’s Center.

In his earlier years, he also served as an Elder at three other Presbyterian USA churches. After retiring from their careers, Corky and Greta also strove to live a life of grand adventure.

They were active travelers, accomplishing a longtime goal of setting foot on all 7 Continents, when they touched down on Antarctica.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Greta Sims Clark, and their children and grandchildren: his son, Douglas Reynolds Clark and his wife Rhonda, their son Zachary, and step-grandchildren Hilari Sheffield and Joshua Sheffield; his daughter Marion Hopkins Clark Savic and her husband Milan, and their children Alexandria, Peter and David; his son Daniel McMullen Clark and his wife Andria.

He is also survived by his sister, Nancy Gallena and her husband Paul; two nieces, nephew and their nine children.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to either South Highland Presbyterian Church ( or The James Lewis Tennis Scholarship Foundation (

A memorial service for Corky will be held at South Highland Presbyterian Church at 11am on Saturday, April 29th.

Published in The Birmingham News on Apr. 28, 2017

Kemal Fred Samra ’55

Kemal Fred Samra '55Kemal Fred Samra, 83, died Friday, November 4, 2016, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 7, 2016, at St. John’s Church in Florence with burial following in Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at St. John’s Fellowship Hall following the burial at Mount Hope.

He was born in Florence, a son of the late Fred E. and Nettie Ateyeh Samra. He graduated from McClenaghan High School in 1951 and from Davidson College in 1955, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

After college, he owned and operated Samra’s Shoes in Florence until he retired in 2008.

Mr. Samra was very active in the Florence community and served on the Florence City Council for eight years. One of his proudest accomplishments was casting the deciding vote to build the Florence Civic Center.

He was President of the Florence Chamber of Commerce and later received the first “President’s Award.” His memberships included the Florence Jaycees and Florence Lions Club, and he served as president of both. He was also president of the YMCA.

He was a life-long member of St. John’s Church in Florence, where he served on the Vestry and as Junior and Senior Warden. He was a former Chairman of the Board for All Saints Episcopal Day School. He was also an avid supporter of the revitalization of downtown Florence.

Survivors include his wife, Pinkie Davis Samra of the home; two daughters, Kamille Samra of Columbia and Kathryn Samra of Charlotte, NC; a son, Jason Samra (fiancé, Lauren Colebank) of Rock Hill; two nieces, Laura Baroody Thrush and Lisa Baroody Culpepper; a nephew, Alan Baroody; and four-legged best friend, Lilly.

He was predeceased by a sister, Ramona Samra Baroody.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Church, 252 S. Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506; or to the charity of one’s choice.


Eugene Baughman Davis ’55

Eugene Baughman Davis '55The Reverend Doctor Eugene Baughman Davis, 83, passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016 at the Village on Campbell in Burgaw, N.C. Born on July 13, 1933 in Mt.Olive, NC, he was the youngest son of the late Samuel Moseley Davis and Grace Lynch Davis.

A lifelong scouting and sports enthusiast, as a young man, Gene was an Eagle Scout with bronze and silver palms, the captain of his high school football and basketball teams, and played football in college.

He was a graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, California Graduate School of Theology, Los Angeles, CA; and Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA.

He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1957 and began his ministry at Grove Presbyterian Church in Kenansville, NC, and served at Hallsville Presbyterian Church.

He followed his calling and entered the US Navy as a Chaplain in 1959 and served his country for 23 years. For his extraordinary service in Vietnam with the Third Marine Division in 1966 and 1967 he was awarded the Legion of Merit. This was the first awarding of this exceptional medal to a Navy Chaplain serving with Marines on a battalion level in the preceding three wars.

Early in his military career he was the Chaplain on a ship which was attacked by pirates on the high seas. He was instrumental in negotiating with the pirates to prevent an international incident.

He served as Chaplain for a group of ships that participated in a South Atlantic Friendship tour. While in South Africa he opened the first Parliament of South Africa with prayer.

After retiring from the Navy in 1983 he served as interim pastor at several Presbyterian churches in the area.

He is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Betty Starling Davis; his daughter, Grace Davis Sturm and husband, William Mitch Sturm; two sons, Eugene B. Davis, Jr and David Henderson Davis; six grandchildren, Davis Rothwell Sturm, Starling Allison Sturm, Spencer Moseley Davis, Sophie Catherine Davis, Chloe Elizabeth Davis, and Andrew Sampson Davis; and his brother in law and sister in law, John N. Starling, Jr. and Tresa Hudson Starling.

He was preceded in death by his two beloved brothers, Samuel Moseley Davis, Jr and William Lynch Davis.

The funeral service was held at First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, NC on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM with burial following the service at the Starling Family Cemetery (Queen’s Creek Methodist Church Cemetery) in Hubert, NC.

Visitation was held at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville on Thursday night from 6-8 p.m.